Sure he is...which is why in year 3 he was in MVP talk.
Who cares if he he caught short passes? Why don't you go back and watch agent 89 in 2005....there is a reason he had almost 800 yards in YAC.
Randy Moss was elite and pretty much did one thing. Elite doesn't mean you have to take the top off a D. Harvin is an elite football player....he cant be judged just by standard WR molds. ST ability and his dual threat ability as a runner and receiver. He is limited in the Vikings offense.
That makes him a dynamic player, not elite. He can be your Wes Welker in a Tom Brady offense, but he will never be your kind of guy that run all the tree routes. He cant stand on the outside and beat the opponents best cb week in and week out. He was not limited in Minnesota's offense. He was limiting Minnesota to only certain things they could do with him. And they did him a huge favor by hiding him, dumping off balls to him and letting his athletic ability take over games. Even though, Harvin has some great speed you rarely see the guy stretch the field. Bc he cant. The only way Harvin can take over a game is by hiding him. When you're "elite", you dont need your OC trying to hide you on the field.
Harvin being mentioned as a MVP candidate early on in the season, made me wanna PUKE. If anyone who truly watched Minnesota's games, they wouldve knew he wasnt playing like a MVP. Looking at "stats" (receptions), it did make sense with, but anyone wouldve knew that he didnt even have to try catching those balls. It all came off "dump offs" and "screens". Even AE wouldnt sweat trying to catch those balls all day.